CMCC Announces Creation of Patient Advisory Committee

The Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC) has announced the launch of the Patient Advisory Committee (PAC), which is comprised of “leading patient groups from across Canada,” and claims to look out for patient’s best interests.

The group includes representatives from the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), The Arthritis Society, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), the Improving the Life of Children (ILC) Foundation and The Wellness Soldier.

The CMCC are recruiting additional members as well.

CMCC’s Interim Executive Director and Tilray Vice President, Philippe Lucas is enthusiastic about the future of PAC, saying: “”This is a historic announcement. With the patient advisory committee, CMCC is working to help put patients, rightfully, at the centre of the discussion about the future of Canada’s medical cannabis industry.” He added: “Without a doubt, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) offer tremendous opportunities for leadership. At CMCC, we believe that this leadership also includes an unflagging respect for patients and the perspectives they have to share.”

Despite positive buzzwords, there was mention of the MMAR and home-garden options. Despite having “fair access” in their name the CFAMM makes no mention of the Allard injunction, rather they focus on allowing patients to switch between LPs easier.

Nevertheless, Lucas said: “Regardless of the question, there can be no best answer for patients without first hearing from the patients themselves.”